Birchwood Court Residential Care Home

Seaside Lane
Easington Colliery
County Durham


Tel: 0191 527 9741

Care Provider: Sanctuary Care (England) Limited

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Care Type Care Home
Care Category Dementia, Respite, Residential.
Availability Call for details
Overall CQC Rating Good
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Meet The Manager

Neil Todd is Care Home Manager at Birchwood Court Residential Care Home.

Birchwood Court is a residential care home in the close-knit mining village of Easington Colliery, next door to Sanctuary Care’s Ashwood Park home. There is a large shared area at the front of the buildings which is the perfect place for residents to socialise and enjoy events like our joint summer fete, which is always well attended by local people in Peterlee.

The team here have created some really special rooms at Birchwood Court, which our residents love to spend time in, as well as getting out and about across Durham in the home’s minibus.

Care Options We Can Provide
Support For Companionship, Personal care.
Disability Support Physically Frail.
Medication By Mouth.
Type Of Dementia Mild Dementia, Moderate Dementia, Severe Dementia.
Dementia Specialisms Elderly Frail.
Respite Care Yes
Minimum Age

Our Building and Facilities

The team here have created some really special rooms at Birchwood Court, which our residents love to spend time in.

The vintage Corner Café is a step back in time, with pretty tablecloths, bunting, fine china tea sets, tiered cake stands and homemade sweet treats. Our staff take the orders at the table and if family or friends are visiting it is the perfect place for our residents to take them out, instead of the other way round. It is a special place, particularly for our residents who live with dementia because it triggers happy memories of visiting tea shops with friends in their younger days.

In the bright and airy dining room the staff and residents love to sit together as a big family and enjoy home-cooked meals, which are freshly prepared each day by the home’s chef.

How Many Floors We Have

Who Owns Our Building

Communal Rooms
Dining Rooms, Sitting Rooms, Activities Room, Coffee Shop / Café.

What Else Do We Provide
Minibus, Lift.

Our Garden
Communal Garden.

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We have 43 bedrooms with WCs and wash basins.  We encourage our residents to bring small items of furniture and other items from home to personalise their rooms.

About Our Rooms
Number Of Rooms 43

Type Of Room
Single Room.

Room Features

Room Facilities
Freeview TV.

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We pride ourselves on caring for our residents as though they were members of our own family. With this in mind our residential care homes are designed with all the usual comforts you would expect from home, creating a relaxing atmosphere with features such as cosy fireplaces and personalised bedrooms.

In partnership with our residents and their loved ones we create a bespoke care plan to build a picture of not only their health and wellbeing needs, but their emotional needs and who they are as an individual.

We tailor care and support to residents’ personal needs, so whether it’s something as simple as knowing they like a little extra sugar in their tea, to helping someone to rekindle a much-loved past time; we are there to help them to live life to the full.

The Importance Of Meal Times

Forget everything you think you might know about care home food (conjuring up images of school-like dinners and over-boiled vegetables!)

We recognise meal times have always been a focus for residents in our homes which is why we invest in fantastic chefs and catering staff who can deliver delicious, nutritious menus and create an enjoyable dining experience for our residents. Some of our residents enjoy getting involved in the preparation and serving of food! You can read more about this in our case studies.

Person centred care home dining

Cooked or continental? Sandwiches or hot food? The choice is yours with residents being involved in creating seasonal nutritional menus from old favourites to trying something new…there’s also always freshly baked cakes to enjoy for afternoon tea.

Midnight snack? No problem, refreshments are available to residents throughout the day and evening if they get a little peckish.

Dining with Dignity

We encourage meal-times where residents can eat together and socialise in a relaxing environment but understand that residents may wish to enjoy food when they and where choose to have it.

Our trained staff understand the importance of eating well and staying hydrated and supporting residents living with dementia to enjoy food in their environment – making food more visible through coloured crockery and more appealing whether it's pureed, finger foods or moulded.

We Serve Food At
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Dietary Options
Vegetarian, Vegan, Pureed, Diabetic.

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Activities Are So Important

The new cinema room has been a huge hit with our residents, who as well as watching the old classics, are very fond of more modern films like Mama Mia.

There is also a popcorn machine with old fashioned cardboard cartons. Our residents are presented with cinema tickets showing the day’s movie. They hand these in as they enter, as they would have done at their local cinema before moving into residential care. Again it is a lovely way to go back to the good old days, especially for our residents living with dementia.

The new games room at Birchwood Court is a real social hub, with games machines, a pool table, jukebox, board and card games and even giant skittles.

The variety of activities on offer in our care home really helps it to thrive. In Peterlee the local village hall hosts tea dances which some of our residents love to go to using the home’s minibus. There are also lovely community gatherings at the nearby church which our residents are invited to, meeting with people from the local community over a game of bingo and a buffet.

Children from the local primary school and toddlers often pop into Birchwood Court to join in with activities. The favour is often returned with residents invited to take front seat at special performances and celebrations.

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Activities At Home
Music, Singing, Quiz Games, Crafts, Religious Services, Board Games, Crosswords, Word Games, Excursions, 1 to 1 Activities, Reminiscence, Card Games, Themed Events, Birthday Celebrations, Visiting Entertainment.

Activities Outside Our Home
Local Tourist Attractions.

Seaside Lane
Easington Colliery
County Durham

Category Rating
Overall Good
Safe Good
Well Led Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Effective Good
Read More
Report Published 29th April 2017
Registration Date 6th December 2010
Bus Stop nearby, Car Park on-site.

Places of Worship
Anglican Church.

Nearby Services
Shops, Restaurant.

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